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Chelsea Girl vs. Chelsea Mummy vs. Chelsea Business Woman

Recently, I have been trying to figure out a new direction for my blog – given that my lifestyle is about to undergo major changes when my little-bubba-to-be arrives into this world.

Of course, when he arrives it doesn’t mean I’m going to give up drinking cocktails. No way. But I won’t just be thinking of myself anymore. I’ll have something, a little someone who I will also be looking after. Then there is my new company, which I launched earlier this year and which technically makes me a bit of a business woman. And there is also Chelsea, where I grew up and still live: it should go without saying that I will still be shopping and living, just like any other Chelsea Girl in the area because life doesn’t stop when you become a mother.

Or does it? …

JugglerThis morning I saw this article on my Twitter feed, which mentions how Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-porter, was pregnant when she launched her now multi-million pound company, having set it up in a small flat in Chelsea. I found this inspiring because it reminded me of the different reactions I have been receiving since finding out I was pregnant. They range from the positive: winning a new client to the absurd: being told by a company that they wanted to work with me as soon as possible but as soon as I disclosed that I was pregnant, not hearing from them ever again. On a personal level, some folks have been telling me how difficult it will be to have a baby whilst other friends have been over-enthused, to make up for the pragmatic voices.

So for the last few months I’ve wondered, can a woman really balance being a mother with having a life and running her own business? And for now, I’ve decided that the answer is yes. I’m not looking to have it all but I am looking to have a healthy work/life balance. And after meeting a very inspiring couture designer recently, which I will write about in time, I know this is possible. So going back to my initial point, I have included two new sections to my blog: career and motherhood, which I hope you enjoy if they are relevant to you.

xox

Pregnancy Skin Care From QMS Medicosmetics

I haven’t blogged about my pregnancy until now. I guess it’s because from one scan to another, I was wanting to keep focused on the little one and me. But with not long to go, the reality is starting to dawn on me and I’m feeling a little more comfortable putting my pregnancy news and findings out there.

One of my first discoveries after finding out I was pregnant was that my skin type had changed. Suddenly my skin was sensitive and the products I had used for some time were now making my face come out in blotches. I had to keep my skin care simple.

Another thing I have noticed is the amount of people who have told me that I am glowing. True, there are probably scientific reasons for this happening but I truly think cutting out alcohol and being conscientious of my diet has been a major factor in how I look right now.

And finally, as much as the hormones and ‘glow’ battle it out between themselves, there is one more factor that my skin has had to deal with: lack of sleep. People warn mummies-to-be to get as much sleep as possible, before the baby arrives. But either they are unaware or they have forgotten that a full night’s sleep dissipates the bigger the bump gets.

So all in all, skin care is a major factor when going through pregnancy and there is a lot to deal with.

The other week I returned to QMS Medicosmetics to review their Pregnancy Facial after trying their bespoke oxygen facial earlier this year, which you can read about here. I had also tried their Activator Mask and Hydro Foam Mask, both of which I love.

QMS MedicosmeticsTo me, the Activator Mask is like magic. You place a tab into some solution and watch it expand as it soaks up the fluid. You then unravel the fabric, which becomes a mask that you put on your face for ten minutes. The first time I tried it, I had the bf and my mother in the room and when I took it off, I was quite taken aback by their reactions: “Wow,” was the general response. Beforehand, if people were noticing my glow, I certainly wasn’t. But after taking the Activator Mask off, my skin was instantly radiant: this is the perfect pick-me-up for any face.

I have also become a big fan of the Hydro Foam Mask because I am in the swimming pool as much as I can be and even though I moisturise my face a couple of times a day, my skin can still become dehydrated. For this mask, you apply the foam onto your face and wait ten minutes before rubbing it in. You can also keep it on overnight and the next time I get on a plane, I’m also going to try using it. This mask works to hydrate the skin, leaving it plumped up once the foam sinks in or is massaged in.

So what about the pregnancy facial?

QMS MedicosmeticsThe purpose of the treatment is to refuel the skin, leaving it firm and fresh whilst working out the tensions in the upper body and it lasts one hour and fifteen minutes.

The stages involve:

  • Cleansing and analysing the skin
  • Exfoliation with fruit acids and enzymes
  • Steaming the face to open up the pores and purify the skin
  • Applying collagen with oxygen to provide the skin with essential ingredients, channeling them deeper to brighten and hydrate the skin
  • Lymphatic draining massage on the face
  • Applying the Activator Mask to hydrate, plump and refresh the face
  • A neck, shoulder and hand massage
  • Moisturising the face

When I walked into the spa which is located off the King’s Road, I was feeling tired and I had a small blotch on my face that just wouldn’t leave. By the time the treatment had ended, I felt so relaxed: at some point, I was definitely falling asleep. The next day, the blotch had calmed down and my skin was not only hydrated but also looking fresh.

The staff at QMS Medicosmetics are also very friendly and both times I have visited the spa, they have made sure that I have felt as comfortable as possible, and I can’t recommend their treatments enough.

QMS Medicosmetics, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB. Telephone: 020 7730 8090.

Don’t Miss in July 2013

It’s July 1st 2013 and it is a gorgeous morning! So here’s hoping the summer weather continues and here are some ideas of what you can do locally during the month.

1. Are you planning on celebrating 4th July? If so, American Girl in Chelsea is putting on a bash which you are invited to. The evening at No. 11 Pimlico Road will start at 6:30pm, with mini-burgers, hot-dogs, coleslaw, and other American-style nibbles and drinks being served. For more information, click here.

2. Watch the Wimbledon finals at Duke of York Square from 5th until 7th July 2013. With so many big names already out of the competition, this could be a very exciting year for the finals. New stars could be formed and this could also be Andy Murray’s year.

If you missed out on tickets, you can still book yourself a complimentary cushion by calling 0203 675 0645. Needless to say, strawberries and cream as well as Champagne will be available to buy during the screenings.

Duke of York Square - Wimbledon

3. On July 6th 2013, LUSH are celebrating International Kissing Day by attempting to set the new Guinness World Record of the most lip prints collected in 12 consecutive hours. Starting at 11am, customers will be able to step into LUSH’s King’s Road store (as well as other branches around the country) and use LUSH’s products to prepare their lips for some kissing action with their cruelty free products. To keep up to speed with the day’s events, you can follow the Twitter hashtag #crueltyfreekisses.

Cruelty Free Kisses updated image

4. RBKC’s contemporary culture festival, InTRANSIT, is back for another year from 20th until 27th July 2013. Live events in the borough include street theatre, interactive performances and orchestra, art installations, outdoor tea dances and story telling events. These events are free and if you want to find out more, click here for InTRANSITs webpage.

5. If you have little ones who enjoy creative writing, The Hollywood Arms is running a couple of writing workshops this month, which are being organised by the Chelsea Young Writers Club on 2nd and 9th July 2013, from 4.30pm until 6.30pm. To find out more about the Chelsea Young Writers Club, click here. I think this is a fab idea!

 

Sake and ‘Straight Up’ Drinks Masterclasses at Sake no Hana

If your tastebuds were tantalised by my post on Sake no Hana and if you are a regular reader of my blog, then there’s a strong likelihood that you might be interested in the drinks masterclasses which Sake no Hana’s bar is running.

Sake Hana

The ‘Straight Up’ masterclasses are priced at £30 per person and they take place on Tuesday evenings at Sake no Hana in Mayfair (6:30-8:30pm) as well as on Saturday afternoons at Hakkasan on Hanway Place.

The first session at Sake no Hana focused on Hendricks Gin with Duncan Rae …

Hendricks Gin

And the series of ‘Straight Up’ masterclasses on 9th July, 23rd July, 6th August, 13th August 2013, continue with:

  • Americano / Negroni cocktails and variations
  • Glenfiddich Malt Scotch Whisky (with Jamie Milne)
  • Margarita / Daiquiri and variations
  • Suntory Japanese Whisky and ice carving (with Zoran Peric)

On the following dates, Sake no Hana will also be running a series of Sake masterclasses:

  • 6th July
  • 3rd August
  • 7th September
  • 5th October

Each class will start at 11am and the half-day events will offer an introduction to the history of Japan’s national drink, an understanding of the culture of sake, with a particular focus on how and when to drink it.

You will be invited to try seven different types of sake and one umeshu – a traditional Japanese plum wine – followed by lunch at Sake no Hana’s sushi counter, for £60 per person.

Sake no Hana And on departure, you will also receive a gift bag to include a bottle of sake and kikichoko ‘snake eye’ sake cup. For more information on the masterclasses and to reserve a place, click here for Sake no Hana’s events page.

Hakkasan’s Japanese Restaurant, Sake no Hana

Last week I had a catch up meeting at Sake no Hana, a Japanese restaurant that is part of the Hakkasan Group and located on St. James’s Street.

Sake No HanaAs soon as I laid my eyes on the menu, I knew there was going to be some difficulty ordering. In one respect, I wanted to taste classic Japanese dishes just to see how well Sake no Hana could make them. Then again the specials looked so good, it would be a pity to miss out on them too. Thank goodness my lovely host and I were on the same page as we decided to share platters, so I could taste more of the menu.

Sake No HanaIn the end, we ordered Lobster Tempura. And do I really need to say much about this dish? It was as good as it sounds – actually, probably even better. I could have this everyday.

Sake No HanaFigs with aubergine, which were both light and very tasty; an ideal way of allowing summer to tingle the tastebuds.

Sake No HanaA wonderful sea bass dish …

Sake No HanaDuck with truffles …

Sake No HanaAn asparagus dish …

Sake No HanaAnd soft shell crab sushi, topped with mango slices.

Sake No Hana

Everything lived up to my expectations, which were set high thanks to my first impression when walking through the restaurant’s doors and standing on the escalators as I made my way up to the floor above and was greeted by friendly staff. The restaurant interior’s attention to detail is very much reflected in the dishes’ ingredients and method of cooking. And if you are looking for a Japanese restaurant that oozes both style and taste in Mayfair then I would head down to Sake no Hana if I were you. I’m sure you’ll have a delectable time too.

Sake no Hana, 23 St James’s St, London, Greater London SW1A 1HA